Mel Gibson’s Viking Movie May Be His Last As A Director

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Mel Gibson has only directed four movies — The Man Without a Face, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto — but he’s got at least one more to give us before he apparently caps the camera lens for good.

In a profile on this next project, the Los Angeles TimesHero Complex snagged a quote from the Oscar-winning filmmaker that implies the untitled Viking epic Gibson is helming with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role will be his last as a director.

You may recall the project, which was announced back in December. The Departed‘s Oscar-winning screenwriter, William Monahan, and the same film’s producer, Graham King, are collaborating with Gibson on the Viking film. The trio also recently worked together on the Martin Campbell-directed Edge of Darkness. And while they could all make another movie together, it apparently won’t have Gibson at the helm.

Gibson’s quote to Hero Complex regarding the Viking project:

“It was the first movie I ever thought about making…I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it’s the first movie I wanted to make. And I think it will be the last film I direct. It’s the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it’s done I may be finished.”

You could get the sense Gibson is talking about being finished with movies completely, though it’s likely he’s not talking about his acting career, which has started to pick up lately in spite of his infamous controversy involving alcohol and anti-Semitic statements.

Of course, people who will never forgive the Lethal Weapon star for that scandal would like to see him disappear completely, maybe even have his entire oeuvre erased — or, appropriate to this news, all prints and copies of his films burned in a Viking funeral send-off to mark the literal death of his career.

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In a way, this Viking film Gibson is working on is relative to his own difficulty regaining public favor. Gibson recognizes that it’s tough to make the Norse warriors sympathetic because they were “monsters.” He notes that there has never been a good Viking movie, at least not that he’s seen. Guess he’s not a big fan of either the 1958 classic The Vikings, starring Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis, or Terry Jones’ silly Monty Python spawn Erik the Viking, featuring Tim Robbins in the title role.

For more of Gibson’s interview, you’ll have to head over to Hero Complex.

From the way Gibson and King speak of this passion project, I can’t be more excited about it. Like Gibson, I studied Vikings at a young age and became fascinated by them. Even my interest in Marvel’s  Thor comic was based on that early in Norse legends and mythology.

And while I haven’t had a lot of interest in Gibson’s last two directorial efforts, this Viking project will bring the filmmaker closer to Braveheart territory (you can look at my last name and guess why I might be a fan of THAT movie).

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Going out on a limb, I’ll say that despite all those people who hate Gibson now, his next film will surely be the most successful Viking movie yet — and at least until someone finally makes a live-action/CG-animation hybrid adaptation of Hagar the Horrible.

We’ll keep you updated on the production schedule (and title) of Mel’s Viking movie.

Source: Hero Complex

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  1. I really hope Gibson changes his mind. Apocalypto was intelligent, tense and visually stunning. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed The Passion too, given that I'm an athiest. There are too many film makers just doing it by the numbers in Hollywood, it would be depressing to see one of the more interesting directors out there hanging up the camera.

    • I hope “visually stunning” doesn’t include the sock-puppet black panther, in that case I agree. (come on I can make a better special effect panther with my ass, even if I had my buttocks glued together!)
      but the passion of the fag was just awful, he should be punished for making that steaming pile of crap.

      • Dude wtf are you mumbling on about??are you on acid? You make no sense!!

  2. I agree, though I can't fault Gibson if he decides to end with this film. Whether the scandal some years back deserved half as much press as it got or not, you'd be hard-pressed to find a person who wouldn't be burned out by so much rejection. His notable bad choices are hard to sympathize with, but I don't know if anyone truly deserves the kind of treatment like he got.

  3. NO!!!! Gibson is one of our most gifted directors today! His eye for the camera is AMAZING.
    If you look at how epic his films are you can see why Gibson must keep on directing.
    But, if this is indeed his last, Mr. Gibson, go out in an epic and bloody glory!

  4. I always though 'The 13th Warrior' was a good viking flick.

  5. Mel Gibson is an artist,and has been overly scrutinized for his anti Semitic comments. Sure he's a public figure and should probably watch every syllable that comes out,but then he wouldn't be human would he? He still has made the best historic/action drama movies I can remember.Albeit not entirely factual.Keep it up Mel! Just read some books first,Maybe consult historians other than costumers.

  6. I was anxiously awaiting the movie Under and Alone. Mel would have been the perfect guy for playing Billy Queen. What happened? Did the movie get scrapped?

  7. I agree, probably best one so far. I love Norse Mythology and have been waiting for a great Viking movie for years. I can't wait for Thor too!!!

  8. If Mel Gibson is looking for a consultant on Viking period runes, this is one of my specialties.

  9. I hope Mel Gibson uses Sissel Kyrkjebø the Norwegian singer for his Viking Movie, She was the one in the Lillihammer handover at the 1992 Albertville Olympics riding on the giant Ice Bear singing the
    enthralling melody,” Molde Canticle”, as the Vikings are presented with the Norwegian Children. She also sings the Hauntingly Beautiful Norwegian song about Vikings returning home called, “Lær Meg Å Kjenne”.

  10. I hope Mel Gibson uses Sissel Kyrkjebø the Norwegian singer for his Viking Movie, She was the one in the Lillihammer handover at the 1992 Albertville Olympics riding on the giant Ice Bear singing the
    enthralling melody,” Molde Canticle”, as the Vikings are presented with the Norwegian Children. She also sings the Hauntingly Beautiful Norwegian song about Vikings returning home called, “Lær Meg Å Kjenne”.

  11. this is going to be the greatest Viking film ever made.

  12. Wish he would have finished Under and Alone, Would be a great high for the end of his career…

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